THE START OF SOMETHING REMARKABLE …
#365redfaces actually began in October 2015 when I was ‘once and for all’ sick of ‘falling off the band wagon’ and gaining weight again & again!
I likened my weight fluctuations to a roller coaster ride and I was absolutely sick of it!
My health suffered and I started getting sick regularly, plus I made it to within 1kg of my goal weight 3 times over ten years! Whenever I was close to my goal, I’d be super happy and start eating again and quickly fall back into bad habits.
At my heaviest I weighed 120 kilograms (264.5 pounds), however that’s another story!
I was the queen of excuses, but let’s get to the good bit!
In October 2015 I was fortunate enough to attend an absolutely inspiring talk by STEVEN BRADBURY, the LAST MAN STANDING. Steven is the Aussie that won the first ever gold medal at the Winter Olympics.
Every Aussie knows his ‘story’. The man that was ‘lucky’ enough to WIN gold after all his competitors fell over. We all know what doing the ‘Steven Bradbury’ is. I listened to Steven’s story and learned that he well and truly deserved his gold medal and more, so I decided it was time to call the ‘BRADBURY in ME’ to ACTION!
And so my journey began. I contacted my friend, a personal trainer and invested in 3 sessions a week with her. I didn’t lose any weight for the first two weeks because my diet hadn’t changed.
I started eating better because I didn’t want to WASTE all of my hard work.
By December I had gone from 84kg down to 77 kilos and I went from a 5 in the ‘beep test’ to a 9 in the ‘beep test’. I was fit enough to be in the ARMY!
Nothing could stop me now!
Over Christmas I lost another 2kg and became anxious about the New Year. I wasn’t sure what I was going to commit to for my New Years resolution. I asked my dad what I was good at… and what I was put on this earth for.
My dad responded that I was born with two ears and one mouth but sometimes I got these confused. He’s a bit of a joker but this is true! I really love to talk and I am passionate about being passionate! I thought: If I put my mind to something at WORK and succeed, then why haven’t I met my WEIGHT LOSS GOAL YET?
I was motivated to make 2016 my year!
I decided to see the New Year in by making the BEST decisions for ME! I contacted my personal trainer again and asked her if she would be interested in doing a PT session first thing on NEW YEARS day. She was keen! YES!
Waking bright, fresh, and hangover free (there’s a first for everything! haha) my PT SMASHED me!
We did sprints, boxing, and all sorts of high endurance cardio training.
I was pooped! (buggered)
Christie and I ‘high-fived’ at the end of it (she did the whole workout with me) and I was off to a great start to the year AND my face was BRIGHT RED!
Almost an hour later I was at the local car wash and caught a glimpse of my face in the mirror, and it was STILL RED!
I laughed and thought I’d take a SELFIE. I started thinking about a funny slogan or hashtag to add to it: ‘While you are nursing your hangovers’… or something along these lines… ‘RED FACED is beautiful’… and then I realised I still didn’t have a NEW Years resolution, I felt AMAZING, and I wanted to feel like this every day!
So #365redfaces was born!
To keep accountable and stick to my resolution this time, I decided to be brave and share my journey on Social Media. I chose Instagram as I didn’t have many followers and I didn’t want it to be ‘too much’. I thought I might annoy people if I put a face pic on Facebook every day. With Instagram people could choose if they wanted to follow me or not.
Now just over half way there and my entire life has changed!
I have people I don’t even know following me, and all thanks to a regional newspaper: The Toowoomba Chronicle for noticing a post I made and writing a story about me.
I had started posting on Facebook inviting people to come and get #RedFaced with me once a week. I’ve met some amazing people from this!
Here are three articles from the Toowoomba Chronicle:
I now know of people who are choosing to take action to better themselves because of my story.
This is the best result anyone could ask for!
I want to do more and help more people achieve their goals and dreams too!
Everyone is on their own journey. Why don’t you start you own journey today and join my #21redfaces challenge?
I am doing something for ME. What are you doing for YOU?